Women’s Health Goulburn North East (WHGNE) was the last of 11 specialist Women’s Health Services established in Victoria between 1983 and 1993.
The Ministerial Women’s Health Working Party
The Ministerial Women’s Health Working Party report released in 1988, saw the amalgamation of the Women’s Health Resource Collective (established in 1983) and Women’s Health Victoria, formerly HealthSharing Women (established in 1987) and thus began the roll out of funded specialist women’s health services across Victoria.
Between 1993 and 2000, WHGNE operated as NEWomen, a program of Ovens and King Community Health Service. It wasn’t until March 2000 that WHGNE became an independent entity, with its own Board of Governance, under the Associations Incorporation Act 1998.
Women’s Health Services
The establishment of the first programmatically funded Women’s Health Services back in 1987 was the result of a growing consciousness that women were underrepresented and discriminated against in the provision of mainstream health services.
Evidence had shown that women were underrepresented in health statistics, with research only involving men’s bodies and then simply transferred to include women.
Women were accused of burdening the health system with “over-use”. There was no acknowledgement that women accessed medical services for; pregnancy, menstruation, menopause or as carers for children, partners and parents.